Soul legend Aretha Franklin is reportedly 'gravely ill' and fighting for her life in Detroit and her family have gathered at her bedside to be near her.

Although the 76-year-old retired just last year, she has been battling health problems in recent years including a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2010.

Website Showbiz411 claim that she is 'gravely ill' and her family are 'asking for prayers and privacy.'

"Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her," they say. "She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin. But her legacy is larger than life. It’s not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul. Long live the Queen."

There is no other news on Franklin's condition from an official source, but we'll update you when we have it.